The principle of chaos and its war against cyber threats

Cyber systems are based on biological models; for billions of years of life, nature has established effective and advanced defense systems, and it’s natural to investigate and imitate them.

August 22, 2018 12:16
The principle of chaos and its war against cyber threats

Erez Kaplan Haelion, CTO of Cyber 2.0. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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In different situations of war, it always seems that one side precedes the other, and sometimes the opposite happens – the other side is a step ahead.
Why, then, in the cyber world, with thousands of cyber companies that employ the best minds in the world, the permanent situation is that attackers are always one step ahead and that a focused attack will always penetrate all the existing defense systems?

I have been preoccupied with this problem for a long time. Against all the protection systems deployed in the organization, and at every level of information security, attackers always manage to penetrate, spy, exploit and destroy.
The explanation is seemingly trivial: there is no system that cannot be hacked, so the hackers will always find a way to penetrate all the organizational defenses. It has always been so, and it is likely to be like that forever.
As a result, information security personnel are constantly in pursuit of the next hacking, preparing for the next penetration, and finding themselves drowning in a sea of alerts from various systems, all of which can eventually be bypassed.
The conventional concept is that every defense system is a type of perforated network, so the more layers we add to each other, the less likely it is that a future attack will penetrate the first layer, and even if it does not stop at a second layer, it will stop at a third or fourth.


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